Good Humaning: Orient toward 3 guiding causes

Photo by Pavan Trikutam

There are three causes that help us integrate lessons we are taught: a qualified teacher, an awakened mind, and supportive circumstances.

Sometimes, I think I only have one of those at a time. When I think of a “qualified teacher” I think of people I respect or who are years ahead of me in their skill. But teachers are in the people I actively ignore, who frustrate me, and annoy me, or hurt me too–and I always need reminding of that.

The inertia of life clouds my brain and I have to make a conscious effort to be present and awake to my circumstances, what I have to get done, and with whom I’m working.

Supportive circumstances, these I think I sometimes take for granted. I have a partner of a lifetime, a dog I would die for, and two cats that turn themselves into blankets for me. When I think of what I’m trying to accomplish in the world…that’s a different matter.

In reality, when I slow down enough to take stock, I have all three all the time.

Think about it for a second: When you think of putting teachings into practices, what is your lifeline?

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Good Humaning: The external is an illusion.

Photo by Benjamin Bousquet

Don’t be swayed by anyone’s facade.

Sick or well, rich or poor, successful or unsuccessful – reverse the logic of trying to avoid suffering or risk to seek pleasure or safety.  If you wish success for yourself, wish it for others first.

It sounds counterintuitive and even unpleasant to take on sickness, poverty or lack of success–but the more you own the unwanted in yourself, you realize all the others who are in the same circumstances.

/This post-series is about trying to anchor my experience by exploring within and reminding myself about what it means to practice “good humaning.” It’s about moving forward imperfectly. To follow this thread in my posts, look for these tags: #NotesFromMyYogaJournal

Good Humaning: Failure v Fame

Photo by Ivars Krutainis 

Whichever way you’re tipping, the goal is to stay neutral.

Whatever is happening in my life, the joyful or the painful, I can’t get swept up in the reactivity of either. High highs are fun but it takes time to settle back in again. Low lows are never fun and take a lot of energy to regain equilibrium.

Craftsmen understand this emotional pendulum well as they show up to their Craft, day in and day out. They know the thrills of solving a challenge and learning something new about a medium they’ve dedicated their lives to deepening. They know all too well the depths of frustration when problems remain unresolved and new, unpredictable constraints present themselves.

When this happens to me, I have to remember patience. I have to practice compassion. I have to regain perspective.

/This post-series is about trying to anchor my experience by exploring within and reminding myself about what it means to practice “good humaning.” It’s about moving forward imperfectly. To follow this thread in my posts, look for these tags: #NotesFromMyYogaJournal

Good Humaning: Be singular in your intention.

“My Life Through A Lens”@bamagal

Craftsmen work with a singular intention. Everything they do directly or indirectly benefit others. We benefit by the beauty they create and the standards they elevate.

If I take the attitude of wanting my work to benefit others I increase my community and kinship with the people around me.

 

/This post-series is about trying to anchor my experience by exploring within and reminding myself about what it means to practice “good humaning.” It’s about moving forward imperfectly. To follow this thread in my posts, look for these tags: #NotesFromMyYogaJournal

Good Humaning: Be unpredictable.

Photo by Rob Potter

Don’t hold a grudge against those who have you wrong. That’s what people expect.

It’s hard though. When I’ve been slighted, felt used by others, ignored or overlooked I want to retaliate, strike back, humiliate or malign. It’s a natural reaction.

And we are, all of us, just sorting it out, trying to find our tribes. I move on.

Instead, go be successful.

 

/This post-series is about trying to anchor my experience by exploring within and reminding myself about what it means to practice “good humaning.” It’s about moving forward imperfectly. To follow this thread in my posts, look for these tags: #NotesFromMyYogaJournal

Good Humaning: Maintain joy.

Photo by Deva Darshan

Joy is something innate to each human being. There is no need to go in search of it.

I need to remember that under all my worry, my thinking, my processing, that it is there lying dormant and waiting for me to access it.

I need to remember to:

  • find gratitude for what I’m capable of (it guides me),
  • find joy in the work I choose to labor over (it feeds me),
  • the journey I’m on (that enlightens me),
  • the people in my life (that nourish me),
  • the difficulties I have (that teach me),
  • the uncomfortable emotions I have when I’m learning (they wake me up).

/This post-series is about trying to anchor my experience by exploring within and reminding myself about what it means to practice “good humaning.” It’s about moving forward imperfectly. To follow this thread in my posts, look for these tags: #NotesFromMyYogaJournal

Good Humaning: Abandon hope of attainment.

Photo by Tim Wright 
Stick with the pursuit, a key element of which is remaining present. 
 
I need to let go, relax my grip on goals. I can’t let myself get caught up in hopes of what I’ll achieve and how good things will be in the future. 
 
What I choose to do now is what matters most.
 
/This post-series is about trying to anchor my experience by exploring within and reminding myself about what it means to practice “good humaning.” It’s about moving forward imperfectly. To follow this thread in my posts, look for these tags: #NotesFromMyYogaJournal